Students try their hand at robotics at Nor(Dev):con technology conference

NorDevCon schools day. Paul Foster, a Microsoft technical evangelist, with Norwich School pupils Ste

NorDevCon schools day. Paul Foster, a Microsoft technical evangelist, with Norwich School pupils Stefan, left, and Jack. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

From programming robots in factories to creating the software needed to drive vehicles it looks as if technology will play a vital role in the jobs of the future.

NorDevCon schools day. Norwich School pupils Josh, left, and James.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

NorDevCon schools day. Norwich School pupils Josh, left, and James. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

With this in mind Nor(Dev):con, the Norfolk Developers group's conference, reached out to the younger generation by holding a schools day for the first time this year.

The event saw students from across Norwich hear from Microsoft technical evangelist Paul Foster and attempt to build a balancing robot – putting their engineering and coding skills to the test.

Mr Foster said: 'It is mainly about inspiring the next generation of technologists.

'We need more technologists, more engineers going forward, so if we can inspire young people to follow a technical education and move forward to a technical career then we will start to have that right workforce there so the UK can achieve more.'

NorDevCon schools day. Langley School pupils, left to right, Issy, Bradley, Alec and Tabitha.
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NorDevCon schools day. Langley School pupils, left to right, Issy, Bradley, Alec and Tabitha. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant